How 3-D printing is transforming the $12 trillion manufacturing industry and fueling the 4th Industrial Revolution

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Description: A French cosmetics giant uses one to create artificial skin. A Wisconsin start-up designs ceramic guides that pinpoint tumors in individual cancer patients. Workers on a remote North Sea oil rig make replacement parts on the spot rather than wait days for a ship or helicopter to arrive. All these actions are made possible… Read more »

Facebook sued for age, gender bias in financial services ads

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Description: (Reuters) – Facebook Inc <FB.O> was sued on Thursday in a proposed class action accusing it of discriminating against older and female users by withholding advertising for financial services such as bank accounts, insurance, investments and loans. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com Date: Oct 31, 2019 Link: https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/facebook-sued-age-gender-bias-183907492.html?guccounter=1 Questions for discussion: What is the basis for the… Read more »

Daily Forecast: Roku’s Ad Business Continues to Gain

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Description: eMarketer senior forecasting analyst Cindy Liu discusses our recent forecast revisions for Roku’s ad business. Source: eMarketer.com – video report Date: Oct 24, 2019 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/daily-forecast-roku-s-ad-business-continues-to-gain?ecid=NL1001 Questions for discussion: What are the positive indicators that have led to revisions for Roku’s ad business? How would you suggest investors interpret and use this information?

A star stock picker is closing his fund because investors told him that style doesn’t work anymore

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Description: Star stock picker and longtime money manager Jeffrey Vinik explained Thursday that he’s shuttering his hedge fund because would-be investors balked at his investment strategy, a reluctance that ultimately capped how much his relaunched firm was able to raise. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Oct 24, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/24/jeff-vinik-says-hes-ending-fund-because-investors-doubt-his-strategy.html Questions for discussion: Why… Read more »

Trade War Is Bleeding Into Enterprise Software — NetApp, Cisco, HPQ Downgraded

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Description: Here’s the significance of an enterprise software industry downgrade some may overlook Source: TheStreet.com – video report Date: Oct 10, 2019 Link: https://www.thestreet.com/video/trade-is-war-bleeding-into-enterprise-software-netapp-cisco-hpq-downgraded-15122738 Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the effect the trade war is having on enterprise software firms? How should investors respond?

With palladium rising to record highs, a $1-billion deal for a darling of the Canadian exchange

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Description: Toronto-based North American Palladium on Monday presented shareholders with a $1 billion buyout proposal from a larger South African rival just as its namesake metal touches record high prices. Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Oct 08, 2019 Link: https://business.financialpost.com/commodities/mining/south-africas-impala-to-buy-north-american-palladium-for-c1-billion Questions for discussion: What is driving this deal? What do you think of the deal, from the… Read more »

Budweiser wants to take on China, the world’s largest beer market where local brews rule

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Description: The world’s largest brewer is making a big push for China and other parts of Asia — but it could prove challenging for Anheuser-Busch InBev to topple local beers that have long dominated their home markets. Source: CNBC.com Date: Oct 06, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/07/budweiser-seeks-growth-in-china-vietnam-india-south-korea-beer-markets.html Questions for discussion: Why does this strategy make sense for the company?… Read more »

Apple Stock Is Rising After Reports Suggest the New iPhone Isn’t a Dud After All

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Description: Apple’s bet on a more affordable iPhone model might be paying off after Nikkei reported that the company is increasing production by as much as 10%. That news has helped push Apple stock higher in premarket trading. Source: Barrons.com Date: Oct 04, 2019 Link: https://www.barrons.com/articles/apple-stock-rises-on-reports-of-increased-iphone-production-51570191033?siteid=yhoof2&yptr=yahoo Questions for discussion: What does the article say about Apple and its… Read more »

As Trans Mountain flies under the election radar, a missed opportunity

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Description: Despite the controversy over the federally-owned Trans Mountain expansion project in the last few years, the pipeline has largely been flying under the radar in this election campaign. Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report Date: Oct 04, 2019 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/as-trans-mountain-flies-under-the-election-radar-a-missed-opportunity-1.1326709 Questions for discussion: Summarize the status of the pipeline deal. What do you think will… Read more »

Behind the GM strike: Declining productivity at U.S. operations – Reuters analysis

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Description: (Reuters) – General Motors Co’s <GM.N> U.S. workforce productivity has declined since the automaker recovered from a 2009 bankruptcy, even as its profit per employee has risen, a Reuters analysis shows. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com Date: Oct 04, 2019 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/behind-gm-strike-declining-productivity-213655945.html Questions for discussion: How does the productivity issue affect employment, investment, and marketing of GM… Read more »